About Lux 22

What Is Lux 22 Photography?

What exactly is Lux 22 Photography?

Lux 22 Photography is a Child and Family Portrait Photography studio based in Southern California. Photographer Carolyn Haines creates unforgettable portrait sessions that document the most important part of your life: your family.

But why "Lux 22"?

Well, since you asked. "Lux" is a unit of measurement for how we perceive light. Since photography means "writing with light," lux is how we see that light. I would love to give you a brilliant answer to what 22 means, but the truth is, I just like the number 22.

Photographer Carolyn Haines

 Self portrait, 2011

Self portrait, 2011

When I was growing up my parents kept tons of photographs in our upstairs hallway. There was a huge canvas print of the end of the hallway of me when I was five or six years old. I was wearing white lace sundress and a floppy white hat. I had a bouquet of fake flowers in my hand. But, for as cheesy and dated that picture seems now, it was amazing. When I think about that picture today, I still feel special. I feel like my parents cared enough to have a big ole' picture of me at the end of the hallway. 

The rest of our hallway was filled with frame upon frame of picture collages. Pictures from me and my dad, my cousins, and all of our important family gatherings. It was a chronicle of my whole childhood.

All those photos are important to me. They tell the story of my life and my family. When my mom moved out of my childhood home and into a small condo she took down all those picture frames and scanned all the photographs. Now them all as digital files, but it's not the same. It's not the same as having those pictures up on the wall. It's not the same as being able to look at them every day.

I would love to photograph you and your family.

 My father and me, 1983

My father and me, 1983

"The eyes are the window to your soul." William Shakespeare


I became a photographer because of my dad. My dad was a hobbyist photographer when I was going up. He had an old Konica FS1 35mm film camera. It was a pretty big deal.

My dad shot film at a time when there was a little photo lab in every big store parking lot. Back then you could buy film just about anywhere.

As a high school student I had to take an art class as one of the general education requirements. Instead of taking painting or figure drawing, or ceramics I took photography. And I fell in love with it. My dad let me borrow his 35mm camera and I learned to develop black-and-white film and make enlargements in high school darkroom.

Since then, my love for photography has just grown. While I still love to shoot film, I do most of my professional work with a digital camera today.

My ongoing interest in photography grew into passion when my sons were born. Photographs were my way to freeze time and capture every moment with my boys.

I have always been drawn to portraiture. My favorite subjects are families and children. Because of my own family, I love to capture the interactions between parents, children, and siblings. My favorite moments are often the ones that are genuine and real - not necessarily the catalog-perfect pictures.

I have studied art, business, and education, earning degrees in each. Along the way I have meet the love of my life, Ben, and we have been blessed with two amazing boys.

You can view some my personal photography work here